Walk raises vital funds for leukaemia charity

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A Stapleford man who has battled leukaemia helped organise a charity walk to fund vital research into the disease.

Keith Brown was diagnosed with leukaemia five years but is now in remission.

He helped to organise the nine-mile charity walk for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. It began from Bramcote, at the home of Diane Jones who also helped organise the event.

More than 50 people registered to take part in the walk which took a circular route along the Erewash Canal.

Funds raised from the walk stand at between £2,500 and £3,000.

More than £260,000 has been raised since the walk first took place in the 1970s, when the route covered 25 miles.

Keith said: “Many of those playing an active part in the sponsored walk have experienced the trauma that serious illness can bring.

“My life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with leukaemia and this fund-raising event has given me an opportunity to do something positive to help others in a similar situation.

“I owe so much to the medical professionals who treated me and to my family who have endured so much.”

Diane Jones said: “So much good has come from this event since it began. The support has been magnificent and we are extremely grateful to those who laid the foundation stones for its success and to those who sponsor them.”